DAYLIGHTING IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES: A Study of Nairobi

ABSTRACT

Light and shadow are used in architecture to create solids and emptiness. Since the beginning of architectural history light and space have interacted. This interaction is a reflection of the dynamics of design shaped by geographical conditions, social structure, beliefs, religion, economics and politics. Light is also used to create psychological and physiological effects in architecture. Daylight symbolized the God in almost every culture. This phenomenon shaped the interior illumination of the religious buildings.

In religious spaces, the design of space and lighting changes according to worship and liturgy. The desired lighting design varies according to religions and sects. The quantity and quality of illumination along with the combination of lighting, color and shadow affects the quality of the sacred space and the overall spiritual and mystical balance. This study deals with daylight of religious spaces that reveals the interaction between beliefs, political, social and aesthetic values and the technological possibilities. The study explains how the daylight provides identity to the religious spaces.

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